James + Reece + Lola + Jessica

James + Reece + Lola + Jessica

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Weekend Update: 21 Down...

This week's photo is a doozy...

Wait for it...

Say hello to the second half of pregnancy. I told you the chest is keeping up with the belly. I mean, really.

Baby girl is about as long as a carrot, and she's been stretching those little limbs to let mamma know she's the boss. She has eyelids and eyebrows now too. I am amazed at how much she changes from week to week. Hopefully I am a sufficient incubator.

I've taken to walking/hiking instead of running, since baby has taken hold of a nerve in my lower back and refuses to release. And the good news is, complete strangers have begun to stick me in the "pregnant" category. While at Costco, I grabbed a sample of some disgusting anti-oxidant drink to see how Reece would react to its brownish hue, and was promptly stopped by the sample-supervisor.

"WAIT! Aren't you expecting?"
"Why yes, yes I am."
"You really don't want to drink that. Give it back."

Thanks for saving the pregnant lady from the nasty liquid. And thanks a million times over for inducting me into the "pregnant" stage of pregnancy. So long "chubby girl" stage.

This week I learned about pregnancy acne. A giant zit the size of Montana formed on my chin, prompting a terrifying flashback to junior high. Good times. But to be honest, I'll take a mountain of acne over the first trimester puke parties.

This week I also experienced my first bout with the dreaded cankles. In what I am sure will become a favorite pastime of ours, Reece and I took turns pressing on my skin, then watching as a massive finger-shaped imprint remained for a few seconds. The only way to keep the bloat away (and to prevent the feet from resembling those of a baby elephant) is to avoid standing for long periods of time.

Cankles, acne and lower back pain aside... I am loving this stage of pregnancy. I am actually starting believe that a little girl will REALLY be coming home with us at the end of it all. And that, my friends, is an amazing realization.


Russ and Emily Jones said...

i was just having a flashback of Italy...ProMISE me jessica...proMISE me!! remember?? I don't know what made me think of it. please tell me you ate ice cream while at ikea!!

Kari Lyn said...

And besides all of this... BEAUTIFUL as always!

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Cory and Hilary Belnap said...

yay! You look so cute! I'm glad you are past the chubby stage, haha! you're so funny. Although, I'm pretty sure I would be happy to be past the chubby stage too!

Kellen and Michelle said...

Hi Reece, this is Michelle Hildreth, formerly Michelle Markowski. I found this link to your blog from Adam's blog. Congratulations on the coming baby! That is so exciting. We just had a baby girl ourselves about six weeks ago. It is so good to see that you are happy. You can check out my blog at www.thehildrethfamily.blogspot.com. Take care.